Peralta Community College District
Physical Geography
Rita D. Haberlin, Instructor

Weathering and Mass Wasting Quiz

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1. What is the first step in the wearing away of continents?

Weathering
Mass Wasting
Stream Erosion
None of the above
2. Which of the following are products of chemical weathering?
Solubles
Clay, Sand, and Solubles
Sand
Clay
Angular Fragments of Rock
3. Which one of the following downslope movements produces steeply inclined slopes of broken rock?
Debris Flows
Mudflows
Rockslides
Slumps
Soil Creep
4. Which one of the following is NOT a chemical weathering process?
Carbonation
Frost Wedging
Hydrolysis
Oxidation

5. The solid rock that has not yet been weathered and underlies weathered rock is called:

Bedrock
Regolith
Outcrop
6. Rocks weather at different rates in different climates.  In which climate does a granite statue or headstone weather most rapidly?
Cold, dry climates
Warm, dry climates
Warm, moist climates
7. The slowest form of mass wasting is:
Earthflow
Slump
Soil Creep
Rockslide
8. In mass wasting, the type of movement that involves a mixing of particles in a fluid mass is a:
Flow
Slip
Fall
9. Slumps are the most common and widespread form of landslide in hilly regions.
True
False
10. You are on a hill on which the trees tilt upslope. This is evidence of:
A Slump
Soil Creep
11. Some rock types provide a stronger hillside foundation than others.  Slopes are safe if they are composed of:
Granite
Shale
12. When are landslides least likely to occur?
When slopes are heavily watered
When roadcuts are made in the hillside
When forests are planted
When hillsides are leveled for building sites
The following questions refer to this diagram.
PAK Diagram Showing Construction on a Hillside
13. Which activities shown in the diagram above add weight to the slope.
(A), (B), and (G)
(A), (B), and (D)
(F) and (G)
14. Which activities shown in the diagram above steepen the slope.
(B), (D), and (G)
(A) and (D)
(B) and (C) and (D) and (G)
15. Which activities shown in the diagram above add excess moisture to the slope.
(A)
(B), (D), (E), and (H)
(E) and (H)

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